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Safari to Itiyuro April 10, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:11 pm

A Bushsnob in Africa

There are 979 bird species in Argentina [1] and 656 (67%) of them are found in Salta Province [2], one of the reasons that prompted us to get our small farm located in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

Although quite familiar with Eastern and Southern African birds, we try to keep up with those present in Salta but it is a rather hard job to remember the vernacular names of the species present. That is why we are lucky to have our own resident ornithologist in the shape of Oscar, the owner of the farm next door!

We often consult him on bird (and other) matters and he does not disappoint us. So, when he and Ágata -his wife- invited us for a trip to the Itiyuro-Tuyunti (Itiyuro) dam to watch some unique birds, we readily accepted although we have not eard of the place before! It was only…

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Rogue tulips

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:06 pm

A blog post from more than 10 years ago when we were still living in Dublin.

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Who would snitch a garden ornament?  Well, that’s what happened from just outside our kitchen door.  Our front and kitchen doors open out on to our driveway and 3 of the decorative wooden tulips are missing from one of the flower pots .  Sad – these tulips are actually very skiillfully turned by my woodturner friend John at Kilternan Country Market.  And my husband applied gloss paint to make them even more attractive.  They normally reside in a pot on our fireplace but a few weeks ago I decided to put this particular pot outside.  Alas, someone fancied the tulips.  All remaining tulips are now in the back garden or in the courtyard.

rogue-tulips.jpg  Four tulips that the “thief” didn’t get.  

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What A Difference A Day Makes

Filed under: Seasons,Spring,Tulips — Janet @ 10:02 pm

IMG_1245  Yesterday the sun was shining – the tulips bloomed!


Remembering Bhutan

Filed under: Bhutan,Tiger's Nest — Janet @ 4:17 pm

bhutan-paro-taktsang-monastery-tigers-nest.rend_.tccom_.966.544  Tiger’s Nest Monastery

This image of Tiger’s Nest Monastery is from Google Images – but somewhere I have my own photos that I took of this sacred place in 1986.  My husband and I hiked up from the starting point in Paro – if I remember correctly it was a 2 1/2 to 3 hour gentle ascent.  It was pretty tiring and I thought at the time I was only going to do it once in my life.  But oh it was so spectacular and rewarding.

I must search in my box of photos labelled of course Bhutan.


Genealogy Miscellany

Archers   Medieval  Archers

14589ced-cc0e-4017-a727-5c35b5829768  Manning Coat of Arms

9e77a57a-cd8e-47f9-beb1-3b014473ec1e  Burial ground at Nedging in Suffolk England